Skilled workers needed: new job board for Transportation launched


    VANCOUVER, March 21 /CNW/ - With concern rising over a skilled labour
shortage in the transportation sector, a major transportation association has
gone on the offensive.
    The Western Transportation Advisory Council (WESTAC) is excited to
announce the launch of TransportationCareers.ca - Canada's new job board for
the transportation sector.
    "The growth of our primary industries across Western Canada will make us
the key Gateway between Asia and North America," said Hon. Eldon Lautermilch,
Saskatchewan Minister of Highways and Transportation and WESTAC Chair. "As a
result, the transportation industry will need to recruit and train tens of
thousands of workers in the next few years to handle this increase in traffic
volume."
    TransportationCareers.ca is designed to help both job seekers and
employers in the transportation and logistics industry. Spanning all modes,
education, and skill levels visitors can post a job, browse careers, search or
build resumes, and find qualified staff - all in one place. Registration is
always free for job seekers and employers can post jobs at no charge until May
15th.
    Reducing skills shortages is a top priority for the transportation
industry as over 40% of its employees are over 45 years and older. The
industry is growing exponentially thanks in part to the Government of Canada's
Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridors Initiative.
    "The jobs available are not just those traditionally associated with
transportation," said WESTAC President Ruth Sol. "We are seeing increased
demand for jobs that require more technical and specialized skills."
    "The industry offers high paying and stable jobs, plenty of advancement,
and positions for all levels of education," said Marcella Szel, Canadian
Pacific Railway Senior Vice President of Marketing & Sales and WESTAC
Executive Committee Chair. "Those entering the workforce for the first time or
looking to switch careers will be pleasantly surprised by the diversity of
opportunities."

    WESTAC is a non-profit association of major transportation organizations
represented by senior business, labour and government decision-makers. Its
objective is to promote transportation as a critical sector supporting trade,
jobs and our high standard of living.



For further information: Ruth Sol President, WESTAC, (604) 687-8691;
Curtis Harling, Communications Coordinator, WESTAC, (604) 687-8691